polyunsaturated

adjective
poly·un·sat·u·rat·ed | \ ˌpä-lē-ˌən-ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-təd \

Definition of polyunsaturated 

of an oil or fatty acid

: having many double or triple bonds in a molecule — compare monounsaturated

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Tempeh also serves up a helping of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "10 Foods Filled With Probiotics," 12 Apr. 2018 The supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated oils prominent in fatty cold water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil?," 26 Mar. 2018 The abdominal organs and fat stores consumed by wild cheetahs are high in saturated fats and low in polyunsaturated fatty acids when compared to the fats stored in and around the muscle tissues typically fed to captive animals. Adrian Tordiffe, Smithsonian, "How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivity," 24 July 2017 The abdominal organs and fat stores consumed by wild cheetahs are high in saturated fats and low in polyunsaturated fatty acids when compared to the fats stored in and around the muscle tissues typically fed to captive animals. Adrian Tordiffe, Smithsonian, "Why Cheetahs Hate Captivity," 24 July 2017 Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats are good for you and many polyunsaturated oils may actually be harmful. Dorothy Kieffer, sacbee.com, "Eat fat to lose weight? Scientists say it’s the smart thing to do," 29 May 2017 Risk of CVD is reduced when dairy fat is replaced with polyunsaturated fat or carbohydrates from whole grains, but no change was found when replacing it with refined carbohydrates. Kerri Link Heckert, Ms, Rd, Philly.com, "Clearing up the confusion on dietary fats," 26 June 2017

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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polyunsaturated

adjective
poly·un·sat·u·rat·ed | \ ˌpäl-ē-ˌən-ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt-əd \

Medical Definition of polyunsaturated 

of an oil, fat, or fatty acid

: having in each molecule many chemical bonds in which two or three pairs of electrons are shared by two atoms — compare monounsaturated

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